Like we did with Prevention, we will break down Recovery into separate pieces to best highlight the unique recommendations that each domain of this syndrome (physical, mental, and emotional) has. But before we dive fully into this, let us spend some time this month discussing what leaving the ICU - and the hospital - may look like after critical illness/injury.
Critical illness/injury is often a life-changing event for the patient and family. Hours, days, weeks, and even months can be spent in the hospital with much of that time heavily depending on the assistance and guidance of health care professionals. Leaving the ICU and the hospital can often mean leaving behind that sense of security. This can lead to anxiety and can hinder the overall recovery process. However knowing that this is a common experience for many in itself can be helpful. Other tips for successfully transitioning out of the hospital include:
Please view the following video created by the Society of Critical Care Medicine through the Thrive initiative for more information about discharging from the hospital following critical illness/injury: https://youtu.be/aMn8Yd2JInI
Come back next month when we discuss Recovery: The Body as it relates to Post Intensive Care Syndrome.
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